Tuesday, October 24, 2006
As expected (here), Comverse CFO David Kreinberg plead guilty. He plead guilty to "a two-count felony information charging one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud." In addition to the guilty plea, he also settled civil matters the SEC. The DOJ press release states here that the agreement
"provides for a permanent injunction enjoining him from violating or aiding and abetting violations of the antifraud, reporting, record-keeping, internal-controls, false-statements-to auditors, Sarbanes-Oxley certification, and ownership-reporting provisions of the federal securities laws; a permanent officer-and-director bar; the payment of $2,394,917.68 in disgorgement and prejudgment interest; and a permanent suspension from appearing or practicing before the Commission as an accountant."
This stresses the importance of thinking globally in settling white collar cases. One cannot just think in terms of the criminal action, but also it is necessary to think about the civil ramifications and collateral consequences that can accrue to the individual.